Our March adventure was first published in the Strand Magazine in January 1892. Christopher Morley called it “A Christmas story without the slush.” When it was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, an alternative title was used – “The Christmas Goose That Swallowed the Diamond.”

On Tuesday, March 2nd the Stormy Petrels will meet via Zoom to discuss “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

Find out what Dr. Watson learns as he visits his friend, Holmes, on the second day after Christmas.

What is a commissionaire?

Find out how a precious gem ended up in the “disjecta membra” of a foul.

What did Holmes deduce from the hat of Henry Baker and why did his wife force Baker the wear a scotch bonnet?

Holmes says it is “the season of forgiveness.” Was Holmes commuting a felony or saving a soul?

Bonus questions: 1. The blue carbuncle may have been based on which real-life gem? 2. Which American Novelist had a story published in 1851 titled “The Great Carbuncle” (in his collection of Twice-Told Tales) 3. In which other Sherlock Holmes adventure do we find an incident of vitriol throwing?

The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Listen to Sheldon Goldfarb read his musings on the story. Join the discussion.

For more info, please contact Fran at: franziskah@shaw.ca

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